Best 11 Hotels Near Yosemite for Families

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Hurry! If you’re heading to Yosemite National Park, you’ll want to book your hotel well in advance. But don’t worry, SheBuysTravel can help you find the best hotels near Yosemite for your family based on location or amenities like great pools, space for large families or pet-friendly accommodations.

If you have your eyes set on visiting one of the country’s most beautiful national parks, Yosemite National Park, you’re not alone. This California park is a popular vacation destination, mainly because of its majestic waterfalls, vast national forests and ancient giant sequoias, which people flock to visit. Since Yosemite is such a popular tourist destination, it’s always a good idea to make booking your hotel the first priority in planning. Another thing to keep in mind in 2022 – the National Park Service is requiring reservations from May to September from 6 am to 4 pm to manage ongoing construction projects.

As you start your search, you’ll find that there are several different types of lodging options available near Yosemite National Park, including cabin, tent, Airstream, motel and hotel rentals. You can even book a stay inside the park or just a short drive away! Our mission is to help you find the best hotels for families and we’ve listed them based on location, great pools, space for large families and pet-friendly options.

Hotels Inside Yosemite National Park

1. Yosemite Valley Lodge

9006 Yosemite Lodge Dr, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

Bunk Rooms at Yosemite Valley Lodge. Photo credit: Yosemite Valley Lodge

The Yosemite Valley Lodge is a great family vacation option because it’s located inside Yosemite National Park, making it easier for your family to explore in between meals and naps. When that time comes, your family can retreat back to a King Family Room or kid-friendly Bunk Room (yes, it has bunk beds)! It’s also near one of the park’s waterfalls making this hotel an all-around unique vacation experience.

Why It Works for Families:

  • Families can choose between Traditional Rooms, King Family Rooms or Bunk Rooms.
  • Located inside Yosemite near Yosemite Falls makes for easy exploration of the park between meals or nap times.
  • Families can enjoy the seasonal outdoor pool and nearby bike rentals.
  • Free parking onsite.

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2. Curry Village

9010 Curry Village Dr., Yosemite National Park, CA, 93727

Tent cabins at Curry Village in Yosemite National Park. Photo credit: Yosemite National Park

For an outdoorsy adventure, families can rent a canvas tent or cabin inside Yosemite National Park just below Half Dome and Glacier Point at a location called Curry Village or Camp Curry. If you’re looking for an opportunity to ditch the electronics and enjoy nature, this is it!

Why It Works for Families:

  • It’s a budget-friendly way to stay inside the park.
  • Families have several layout options to choose from, including some tents with multiple beds, cabins or motel rooms with a private bath.
  • Kids will love the seasonal heated outdoor pool.
  • Within walking distance to Merced River and the Yosemite Visitor Center.

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SheBuysTravel Tip: Some Yosemite National Park hotels, including the tent cabins at Curry Village and Tuolumne Meadows Lodge, are only available during specific months of the year. Be sure to check their individual open dates when planning your adventures. 

Yosemite Hotels with Great Pools

3. Rush Creek Lodge at Yosemite

34001 Highway 120, Groveland, CA 95321

If you’re looking for an all-around vacation experience, the Rush Creek Lodge at Yosemite has vacation vibes at every turn. Kids will love that the pool is open year-round and there are free s’mores served nearby every night. Parents will love all of the family-friendly entertainment available onsite, as well as the plentiful rooms options and private room decks.

Why It Works for Families:

  • Families can choose between standard rooms, one-bedroom suites or two-bedroom villas with room for up to 6 guests.
  • Each room includes games for your family to play together and around the property, you’ll find hosted family-friendly activities, ping pong, foosball, bumper pool and more.
  • Rooms are outfitted with a private deck area – perfect for parents who like to stay up later than the kids.
  • Near the 2,400 square foot saltwater pool, large family-friendly hot tub and adults-only hot tub are the fire pits where your family can snack on complimentary s’mores nightly.
  • Wifi is free.

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4. Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

1122 Highway 41, Fish Camp, CA 93623

Exteriors of Explorer Cabins at Tenaya Lodge (reviews).
Explorer Cabins at Tenaya. Photo credit: Kim Orlando

If you’re looking for a luxury hotel near Yosemite, Tenaya Lodge has accumulated several travel awards over the years, as well as earning AAA’s Four-Diamond Award for excellence. Tenaya Lodge also offers families a variety of accommodation styles: lodge/hotel room style rooms, cottages and Explorer Cabins. Our pick is the Family Explorer Cabin which includes bunk beds in the second bedroom, a kitchen with fridge and microwave, living room with fireplace, and a private porch area overlooking a small firepit, perfect for roasting s’mores (free s’mores kits at check in) and stargazing. Several huge community firepits with gigantic Adirondack chairs are scattered throughout the “neighborhood.” Read our complete review of Tenaya Lodge.

Why It Works for Families:

  • Families have tons of vacation rental room options, including lodge accommodations, cottages, suites or apartment cabins.
  • Take your pick of three outdoor pools, including a kid’s pool with water features and an adults-only relaxation pool.
  • Family-friendly events and activities happen year-round, like archery, night hikes and “Dive-in Movies” playing near the indoor pool, bike rentals or kids camps (some activities are included and some require an added fee).
  • You can challenge your family members to a game of pool, air hockey and more at the included onsite games room

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5. The Pines Resort

54432 Road 432, Bass Lake, CA 93604

For active families, The Pines Resort, just 17 miles outside of Yosemite’s south entrance is an adventure-lovers paradise. Situated on Bass Lake, your family can enjoy swimming in the outdoor pool that beautifully overlooks the lake or experience the many family-friendly activities available onsite, like fishing, canoeing, billiards and more. For families looking for a hotel with a great pool, this hotel takes it one step further!

Why It Works for Families:

  • Families can choose between chalets, lakeside suites or cabins – some with space for up to 12 guests!
  • Guests have easy access to Bass Lake fishing, hiking and water sports.
  • Families can stay busy by playing in the outdoor pool, playground, billiards, private beach and golf range.
  • Free wifi and free parking.
  • Pet-friendly with restrictions and an added fee.

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Pet-Friendly Yosemite Hotels

6. Groveland Hotel

18767 Main St, Groveland, CA 95321

The wrap-around balconies at The Groveland Hotel. Photo credit: Groveland Hotel

For families looking for a historic place to stay, the Groveland Hotel is interesting because it was once an adobe trading post and was originally built in 1849. While the majority of room choices at this historic hotel are designed for only 2 guests, the hotel has a few unexpectedly awesome rooms that are perfect for families! Throwback sleepover anyone? At the Groveland Hotel, the entire family can bunk up in custom reclaimed wood queen bunk beds! Or you can book a family suite with a full-sized pull-down Murphy bed for the kids.

Why It Works for Families:

  • Families can choose between queen bunk bed rooms or family suites with room for up to 5 guests.
  • This is a pet-friendly hotel with a nearby pet sitter/boarding facility nearby.

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7. AutoCamp Yosemite

6323 California 140, Midpines, CA 95345

The “Base Camp” set up at AutoCamp Yosemite. Photo credit: AutoCamp

Ready for a family glamping experience? If so, the AutoCamp Yosemite offers unique lodging options including a stay in an Airstream, luxury tent or family cabin. We also love that you can book a “Base Camp” site that includes both an Airstream suite and a custom kids’ Tent at the same location. This way, everybody has their own space to get away!

Why It Works for Families:

  • Accommodations are available for up to 6 guests.
  • Families can choose between several fun and non-traditional rooms, like staying in an Airstream, luxury tent or cabin.
  • Outdoor fire pits with grill tops, basic cookware, dishes and utensils are included with every suite so your family can cook your own meals on-site. There is also an onsite restaurant and general store for last-minute meal options.
  • The area includes several family-friendly amenities, such as community fire pits, free mountain bikes to use on-property, free wifi, coffee and tea, as well as a freshwater pond and seasonal pool.
  • Pets are welcome at some lodging options for an added fee.

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8. Best Western Plus Yosemite Gateway Inn

40530 Highway 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644

The main lobby view at The Best Western Plus Yosemite Gateway Inn. Photo credit: Best Western International, Inc.

The Best Western Plus Yosemite Gateway Inn is a rustic, lodge-style hotel with quite a bit to offer families visiting Yosemite. Larger families can feel right at home with space for up to 8 in the larger suites, with things like breakfast, wifi and parking included! Plus, pets are welcome to come along for the fun (with an added fee).

Why It Works for Families:

  • Families can choose between standard double bed guest rooms or larger suites with room for up to 8 family members.
  • Family-friendly amenities include both an indoor and outdoor pool, barbeque grills, free parking, free breakfast and free wifi.
  • Close by plenty of offsite dining options and area attractions.
  • This is a pet-friendly location.

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SheBuysTravel Tip: Taking your dog to Yosemite National Park? Read this article first to find out all the do’s and don’t of safely exploring Yosemite with your pet!

Yosemite Hotels for Large Families

9. Evergreen Lodge

33160 Evergreen Rd, Groveland, CA 95321

Kids playing in the games room at Evergreen Lodge. Photo credit: Evergreen Lodge

There’s something for everyone at the Evergreen Lodge, that’s why its a top pick for larger families. Kids can choose between hanging out in the indoor recreation or games rooms, swimming in the saltwater pool or participating in one of the many group activities offered by the hotel. The location also offers one or two-bedroom cabins with enough room for 4-6 guests. However, if you need even more room, you can rent the onsite John Muir House with space for up to 10.

Why It Works for Families:

  • Families can choose between one or two-bedroom cabins with room for up to 4-6 guests.
  • Onsite restaurants offer breakfast, lunch and dinner options for easy meals.
  • There are lots of opportunities for play, including an outdoor area with sandbox and bark teepees, an indoor recreation room with board games and a games room with pool tables, shuffleboard and more.
  • Family-friendly events and activities happen year-round, like disc golf, family hikes, crafts, s’mores and more.
  •  Families can enjoy the 2,000 square foot saltwater swimming pool year-round.

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10. Heidelberg Inn

85 Lakeview Dr, June Lake, CA 93529

The outdoor spa at the Heidelburg Inn. Photo credit: Heidelburg Inn

Just over 25 miles away from Yosemite National Park, the Heidelberg Inn is a nice choice for large families looking for more space and the ability to prepare their own meals. The hotel offers both one and two-bedroom suites, each with either a kitchenette or a full kitchen and dining room area.

Why It Works for Families:

  • Families can choose between a one or two-bedroom suite, each including either a kitchenette or a full kitchen for making family meals.
  • Rooms are outfitted with a balcony area – perfect for parents who like to stay up later than the kids.
  • Families can enjoy the bbq picnic area, tennis courts, onsite sauna and two hot tubs.
  • Kids will love the arcade and games room!

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11. Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites

40644 Highway 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644

The Family Mini Suite at Yosemite Southgate Hotel and Suites. Photo credit: Blink Hotels

Located just 14 miles from Yosemite’s Southgate park entrance, the Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites is a budget-friendly option for larger families. Not only do they offer hotel rooms with space for up to 5 people, but there are also perks like complimentary breakfast and free wifi!

Why It Works for Families:

  • The hotel offers Family Mini Suites with space for up to 5 people.
  • Families can enjoy free continental breakfast and a 24-hour coffee bar.
  • After a day in the park, your can relax at the outdoor swimming pool or sauna.
  • Wifi is free.

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Other Hotel and Vacation Rentals Near Yosemite

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